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Statue of Liberty Flyby Startles New Yorkers

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- 3735 days ago -
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Air Force fighter jet and one of President Barack Obama's official planes on Monday flew low over the Statue of Liberty in an approved photo opportunity that startled some New Yorkers


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Gwen M (236)
Monday April 27, 2009, 11:54 am
And how much did this one cost us?

Gayla S (50)
Monday April 27, 2009, 3:15 pm
I get why New Yorkers were upset, but to blame the government is ridiculous. The mayor and police knew about it, so why the big hoopla?

Gwen M (236)
Monday April 27, 2009, 5:15 pm
The White House Military Office apologized for the mission, which infuriated New York City officials and prompted hundreds of financial professionals to flee their office buildings.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the federal government and his own administration for failing to warn the public, which was shocked by the image of a jumbo jet flanked by an F-16 flying near the World Trade Center site.

Gwen M (236)
Wednesday April 29, 2009, 10:17 am
Obama Orders Review of New York Flight as Cost Put at $328,835
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By Roger Runningen and Tony Capaccio

April 28 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama ordered a review of a publicity-photo shoot with one of the planes that serves as Air Force One that cost taxpayers $328,835 and caused a furor in New York City.

Obama said he wasn’t informed in advance of yesterday’s low-altitude flight over New York Harbor, which rattled windows in New York’s financial district and prompted some office workers to flee buildings in fear it was a terrorist attack.

“It was a mistake,” Obama said today before a meeting at FBI headquarters in Washington. “It will not happen again.”
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